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Conference on Competitive and Sustainable Aquaculture

Dimensions and Tools of Competitive and Sustainable Aquaculture in Northern Europe

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The conference was organised by the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. A separate Workshop on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, also financed by the NCM and organised by Technical University of Denmark (DTU), was linked to the conference (www.NordicRAS.net). Together, these two consecutive events formed the Aquaculture Forum. The conference brought together 125 participants from thirteen different European countries. There was broad representation from the aquaculture sector in Europe: central and local administrations, research institutes, universities, industry and a range of other organisations.

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Closing session

The conference organisers intended to end the conference with a commonly agreed declaration. This goal was included in the official programme of the conference. At the beginning of the conference the organisers provided a draft declaration to the participants and at the end of the first day made the conference aware of their ambition of drafting a declaration. As the final point of the conference programme, Orian Bondestam of the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which organised the conference, presented the draft declaration. This was followed by a paragraph-by-paragraph discussion, resulting in commonly agreed amendments to the draft. At the end of the discussion, the conference was able to unanimously agree on a “Helsinki Declaration on Competitive and Sustainable Aquaculture in the Baltic Region,” as presented below.

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